Kids say the darndest, most unflattering things

Working with other people’s kids can be tricky. Some parents are really particular about every last detail. Others are laissez-faire and consequently, their kids are crazy. I lucked out with Alexa, the now six-year-old I babysit. Her parents have reasonable expectations I’d probably have for my own child. They’re flexible and easy-going. Most importantly, they have a sense of humor.

I’m sitting at the dinner table with Alexa. Her dad, Matt, has just come home. We’re talking about the most trying aspect of Alexa’s young life – the boredom of having sandwiches in her lunch box every day.

Alexa: Sandwiches don’t interest me anymore.

Me: What can you eat instead?

Alexa begins wiggling in her chair. Matt walks up to her, a goofy grin on his face.

Matt: I know. How about you have baby butt for lunch?

Alexa: I don’t want baby butt. I want…Amanda’s butt!

Matt: Oh, man. Get in line, Alexa! [laughing]

Alexa: Her big butt!

Me: What?!

Alexa: For two classes!

Matt: [stifling a laugh] You think Amanda’s butt will feed two classes?

Me: How many kids are in a class?

Matt: 25.

Me: Alexa, you think 50 kids can get full off of one butt?

Matt: These must be small pieces.

Me: Really small.

Alexa: Two butts! One for each class.

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  1. Sherri says:

    Sounds like Daddy has his eye on the babysitter’s butt. Ut-oh!

  2. tonjiboy says:

    Exactly. I wonder what he’d think of my butt if he met me?

  3. Kathy says:

    Love Alexa – but yea, I’m zooming in on the Dad’s comment!

  4. Amanda says:

    I think he was referring to other guys with the “get in line” comment! But I love that you guys have my backside, err back.

  5. Ryan Stevens says:

    Your backside wouldn’t feed half a classroom. :P

  6. Fateme says:

    Oh My Gosh!! I’m babysittin in a swedish family n now I can deeply understand the difference bet Scandinavia n USA ;) Parents would never ever talk like that n whenever children say pooo parents try to ignore them :p
    Anyway, I think Dad is gettin Alexa ready for the future life :D

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